Wandering Along the New South Wales Coast South Of Sydney

Sunday morning we began exploring the cost of New South Wales south of Sydney.We stopped at the blowhole on the point in Kiama.

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From Kiama we continued to meander south along the coast. This coast is really gorgeous.

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We eventually ended up in a motel in the little town of Huskisson on Jarvis Bay. The weather was cold and windy. We walked down to pick up a pizza and enjoyed it on our balcony overlooking the bay.

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Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates have been in Australia this week so it has been really interesting to watch the coverage of their visits.

I have been whining a bit about how most places we stay charge a lot for internet. But Monday night we are at the Whale Motor Inn in Narooma and they have free fast internet!! Thank you Whale!! I have uploaded all my pictures so far to Flickr. They are available on Flickr here. I probably won't get them all labeled until I get home.

Sydney and Beyond

We spent Friday night in the Hunter Valley Wine Country. Saturday morning we drove into Sydney and across the Sydney Harbor bridge.

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We parked on the street in Sydney and walked through the Botanical Garden and around the Sydney Opera House. Sydney really is a beautiful city.

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It was raining off and on all day. When we were inside the Opera House it started really pouring. We were glad to be inside. Outside they were setting up for the Australian Record Industry Awards.

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After our walk around downtown Sydney we got in the car and headed south again. The town of Wollongong is called The Gong, even on the street signs. I almost bought an "I Love the Gong" souvenir.

With the help of the Visitor center in Wollongong we were able to find a room for the night. Being near Sydney and a Saturday night the accommodation was our most expensive of the trip (although not the nicest).

We walked in the pouring rain to the waterfront and had one of the best meals we have had on this trip. At The Dunes Brasserie in Wollongong we ordered the seafood sampler for two and had a mouth watering feast of crab, fish, chips, oysters, smoked salmon, prawns, calamari and scallops. It was fantastic! As we walked back to our hotel the rain had stopped and we could see stars. it was a wonderful end to a great day.

WineTasting in the Hunter Valley

Duke and I are on a four week vacation in Australia. We are driving from Cairns in Northern Queensland to Melbourne on Australia's south coast, exploring along the way.

Last Friday we drove to the Hunter Valley north west of Sydney and tasted wine at a couple of wineries.

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We were having a hard time finding a place to spend the night because a big concert was happening Saturday night (Peter Frampton, Chicago and America).

We stopped at the Hunter Valley Wine Country Visitor Centre and got some help finding and booking a room. When we came out of the information office 15 minutes later we had a flat tire on our rental car! It had been raining all day and was still raining hard so we were very happy to call road side assistance and have it changed. We ended up spending about three hours of prime wine tasting time getting the tire changed and repaired. 

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Finally we checked into our Guest House and went to find a couple more wineries before they closed their tasting rooms at 5.  The Hunter Valley is a beautiful region. It is just too bad it was rainy and cold. It would have been nice to sit outside, sip our wine and enjoy the view. The guest house was on top of a hill and our room had a whole wall of windows. We did get to enjoy the wonderful view over breakfast in our room.

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